Smoke Detector Recycling Information

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    General Info: This website provides information on the different types of smoke detectors and some suggestions regarding proper disposal. According to the EPA, ionization chamber and photoelectric smoke detectors are the two most common types available commercially. Both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms contain plastic and electronic circuit boards and in some cases batteries (alkaline or lithium). Ionization technology also includes a chamber containing a small amount of radioactive material (Am-241) incorporated into a gold matrix. Regardless of the detection technology used in your smoke alarm, the product label, Userís Manual or Warranty should state the expected useful life of the smoke detector. For example, smoke alarms with the UL label have been certified with an expected useful life of 10 years. Smoke detectors pose very little risk if used and disposed of according to manufacturers' instructions.

    Website: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/sources/smoke_dispose.html

    Materials Recycled and/or Reused:
    Hazardous Material
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  • Smoke Detectors (Informational website)


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